Omar, Tarek Zahed bikie shooting: One man dead after bullets spray Auburn gym

A bikie boss is fighting for his life and his brother is dead after they were sprayed with bullets outside a Sydney gym.

Two brothers, including a prominent bikie boss, have been sprayed with bullets outside a Sydney gym, with one shot dead and the other fighting for his life in hospital.

Omar, who is believed to be in his 20s, and Comanchero boss Tarek Zahed, 41, suffered multiple gunshot wounds after they were ambushed at 8pm at Bodyfit Fitness Centre on the busy Parramatta Rd at Auburn in Sydney’s west.

Omar went into cardiac arrest after being shot in the arms, stomach and legs.

He did not survive his injuries.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Kevin McSweeney said elder brother Tarek was brutally shot up to 10 times, including in the head.

“When we arrived on scene both patients had suffered significant blood loss and one of them had gone into traumatic cardiac arrest,” he said.

“This was a horrific and confronting scene that unfolded in front of several witnesses. It is very fortunate no other members of the public were injured.”

The shooting comes a week after The Daily Telegraph reported that a bounty had been placed on Tarek’s head.

A bikie source told the newspaper that he had been warned by those close to him to play it safe.

Tarek was rushed to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb confirmed police had attempted to warn Tarek.

“In this organised crime world, information does come to police and we try and pass it on and let people know,” she told 2GB.

“I understand Tarek had been overseas and he’d come back and was living in Victoria. He’d come back to Sydney. Some of these people think they’re invincible, I think, larger than life. What else can you do when you try and warn them but they just live their lives like they’re larger than life. But life of crime’s not worth it.”

Two car fires were reported in the suburbs of Berala and Greenacre, but police have not yet determined if they are linked to the shootings.

Ms Webb said it was too early to say whether Tarek’s shooting was revenge for underworld figure Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad, who was gunned down less than two weeks ago.

“Well we can’t rule it out, but some of these people are in conflict with a number of other groups so it’s hard to pinpoint whether it’s actual direct retaliation or not, but certainly a line of inquiry for us,” she said.

Diversions are in place on Parramatta Rd in Auburn, with members of the public advised to avoid the area.

Tarek Zahed was arrested in early May and charged with two counts of contravening a serious crime prevention order.

He was set to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, June 22.

Originally published as Omar and Tarek Zahed: Double shooting at popular gym leaves bikie’s brother dead

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